Lionel Andrés Messi born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both the Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.
Leo Messi is the best player in the world. Technically perfect, he brings together unselfishness, pace, composure, and goals to make him number one.
Leo Messi’s footballing career started in 1995 at Newell’s Old Boys, where he played until the year 2000. At the age of 13, Lionel Messi crossed the Atlantic to try his luck in Barcelona and joined the Under 14s. Messi made spectacular progress at each of the different age levels, climbing through the ranks to Barça C, followed by Barça B and the first team in record time.
Awarded the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019, his feat of six wins is unrivaled in world football. He is also the youngest man to win three times, the only player to win four in a row, and the player with the longest time between first and last wins (2009 and 2019).
Every day Messi hones his skills at the state-of-the-art Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
Since 2009, Barcelona has made this their training ground. It also acts as a multi-sport pavilion for the other sports teams at the club, including basketball, futsal, and handball.
After training, Messi and Co can use the gym, sauna, and a full-sized pool – all aiding their recuperation.
Barcelona shares a special place in the heart of Messi and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo.
Although they were childhood friends in Rosario, Argentina, Messi and Roccuzzo’s love blossomed in the Spanish city in 2009.
They’ve set up camp, not only with a beautiful home and life but three sons too – Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro all Spanish-born.
FC Barcelona forward Lionel Andres Messi is the highest-paid soccer player in the world, earning $126 million in 2020. Cristiano Ronaldo, the second-highest-paid soccer player, earned $117 million—$70 million in gross salary from Juventus and $47 million in endorsements.